How the news media activate public expression and influence national agendas

We demonstrate that exposure to the news media causes Americans to take public stands on specific issues, join national policy conversations, and express themselves publicly—all key components of democratic politics—more often than they would otherwise. After recruiting 48 mostly small media outlets, we chose groups of these outlets to write […] Read more »

How social media fires people’s passions – and builds extremist divisions

Passionate feelings can lead to extreme divisions. pathdoc/Shutterstock.com Robert Kozinets, University of Southern California The people of the United States continue to learn how polarized and divided the nation has become. In one study released in late October by the Pew Research Center, Americans were found to have become increasingly […] Read more »

The State of Free Speech and Tolerance in America

Nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has done more to silence important discussions our society needs to have. A little more than a quarter (28%) instead believe that political correctness has done more to help people avoid offending others. CONT. Emily Ekins, Cato Institute Read more »

Most think political divisions as bad as Vietnam era, new poll shows

Seven in 10 Americans say the nation’s political divisions are at least as big as during the Vietnam War, according to a new poll, which also finds nearly 6 in 10 saying Donald Trump’s presidency is making the U.S. political system more dysfunctional. The Washington Post-University of Maryland poll — […] Read more »

Fox News Poll: Was it tweet storms or hurricanes? Trump’s job approval has hit a low

Was it the tweet storms or the hurricanes? Something hit President Trump’s numbers. His personal ratings have deteriorated and his job approval has hit a low. Thirty-eight percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing in a new Fox News poll, down from 42 percent last month. At […] Read more »

President Trump Legacy May Be as One of the Worst U.S. Presidents

Americans have low expectations for the administration of President Donald Trump. In fact, few U.S. residents think President Trump’s tenure will be remembered as a positive one. Nearly six in ten Americans, 58%, believe Mr. Trump will be remembered as either one of the worst presidents in the nation’s history, […] Read more »

Beyond Misinformation: Understanding and coping with the post-truth era

The terms “post-truth” and “fake news” have become increasingly prevalent in public discourse over the last year. This article explores the growing abundance of misinformation, how it influences people, and how to counter it. We examine the ways in which misinformation can have an adverse impact on society. We summarize […] Read more »

USA TODAY Poll: Facebook faulted for not doing more on Russian ads in 2016 race

Americans by nearly 2-to-1 say Facebook should have done more to identify and publicize the ads it sold last year to Russians trying to influence the U.S. presidential election, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds. By overwhelming margins, they support requiring social-media platforms to label who’s paying for political ads. […] Read more »